The new Technical Media and Broadcast Route at Global Academy Sixth form is designed to prepare students for a career as a technician in the broadcast technology sector of the media industry. The course includes an industry placement of at least 45 days, during which students will gain valuable experience and develop the skills needed to work in this field. The course is taught both at the Academy, where students will learn the skills that employers need as well as in meaningful industry placements. Upon completion, students will receive a Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology, which is equivalent to 3 A Levels and offers up to 168 UCAS Points. This qualification can lead to an apprenticeship, work in the media industry, or further study in a media-related field.
The T Level sixth form course is aimed at preparing students for a career as a technician in the broadcast technology sector of the media industry.
Global Academy will be working closely with the following employers as part of the T Level sixth form course who will host a student placement across the two year course lasting a minimum of 45 days.
- AE Live
- Timeline TV
- Sunset + Vine
- Warner Bros Discovery / BT Sport
- More to be announced!
The type of projects which you’ll do during the course could include:
In the first year – alongside a placement at one of our employer partners – the course will help students develop an understanding of a broad range of issues relevant to the media sector, including:
- The creative economy
- The individual and professional practice in the creative industries
- Introduction to media technical skills
- Design and Research skills
- Audio, Visual, Interactive Technologies and Equipment
- Production Projects – TV Studio, Broadcast, Audio
In the second year – each student will complete occupation-specific content on the creative media technician route:
- Plan, prepare, source and generate media assets
- Assemble, edit and finalise media assets.
- Prepare, package and deliver edited media assets.
- Preserve media assets for future use/reversioning
- Audiences and Specialist Study
What qualification will I get?
Students taking this course will receive a Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology- which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. The course offers up to 168 UCAS Points – depending on the grade you have achieved (pass, merit, distinction).
What partners are involved in this course?
Across the course – you will be required to complete an industrial placement of at least 315 hours (approx 45 days). This will provide you with an invaluable insight into the demands of working within the creative media industries and will equip you with professional skills such as undertaking research, generating ideas, communicating ideas, developing ideas working collaboratively with others and developing your reflective practice.
Global Academy will be working closely with the following employers as part of the T Level sixth form course who will host a student placement across the two year course:
We will also be working with Rise Up Academy to deliver this unique programme. The Rise Up Academy is an outreach programme delivering broadcast engineering and technical workshops to primary and secondary school children aged 9 through to 18 years old. It’s intention is to inspire, educate and inform children and young adults about the pathways and career opportunities available to them within the broadcast technology industry.
The broadcast media technology industry is facing a severe skills shortage and is currently not able to recruit the engineering and technical talent it needs. BT Sport, ITV, Discovery, Sky, Gravity Media, dB Broadcast and BBC Studioworks are amongst many broadcast companies who clearly state they need more technical and engineering talent.
Where could this course take me?
The Media Technician pathway at Global Academy will allow you to develop skills with work experience during your course and will equip students to go on to gain an apprenticeship, work within the media or study media or a media-related course at a degree level at university.
Possible jobs could include:
- Audio visual technician
- Live sound engineer
- TV or film sound technician
- TV of film production assistant
- TV or film producer
- TV or film camera operator
- Media researcher
- Radio broadcast assistant
- Video Editor
- Broadcast engineer.
What are the entry requirements for this course?
To be considered for this course – you will need to achieve 5 GCSEs at 4 or above (including English and Maths) as well as demonstrate a passion, dedication and interest in the technical side of media, broadcast and production.